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Under Jim’s leadership, Aldersgate was in the following cities:

Rochester, New York in 2001.  

Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 2002.

Springfield, Illinois in 2003.

PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE

Dave Hampson was elected as our 7th President at The Gathering in the winter of 2003.   He served from 2003-2004.  Dave is a pastor in the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference.  At this time in history, he is serving the Galloway UMC in Franklin, Pennsylvania.  The church caught fire with a LISS just prior to his arrival and continues to grow in renewal and numerically.

I first met Dave and Kathy at a Congress on Evangelism in Pittsburgh in 1989.  When we met, their first words to me were “give us one good reason why we should stay in the UMC.”  Only the Lord could have arranged for us to have adjoining hotel rooms.  We kept the door open and shared and prayed at every opportunity during the weekend.  They stayed and have been wonderful agents for transformation and renewal.

At The Gathering in February 2003, when Dave was elected President, we did a live worship video called Stones of Remembrance.   It was our first production of a worship resource.  In summer of 2003, we celebrated the 25th Aldersgate conference in Springfield, Illinois using a wonderful cadre of multi-generational and multi-ethnic leadership.  Another visionary sign for the future of ARM..  The songs on the recording are twelve songs (stones) of remembrance that have most frequently ministered to attendees of the conference.  The production was timed so the release was at Aldersgate ’03

Another story about stones.  When we moved into the ARC, and the Lord blessed us with an outpouring of provision to pay for the property, we were reminded of the story of Joshua leading the Israelites across the Jordan River and into the Promised Land.  Joshua had a representative of each tribe (family) pick up a stone from where they crossed over the Jordan River and put it down at the place where they were going to stay.  The stones were to be stacked, or piled up as “a memorial (lit. “witness heap”) to the people forever.”  It was a testimony, or witness, or sign of God’s provision and power!  (See Joshua 3:3-7).  So, we collected “stones of remembrance” for every family who were part of this crossing over with us.  No matter the size of the gift or service, every family has a stone in the witness heap that is located in the front lawn of the ARC.

In February of 2003, Garen and Anne Smith led a LISS team to minister at the Inglesia Nueva Vida church in Aurora, Illinois.  Miquel and Damaris Perez served as the pastoral couple for this church.  It was the first Hispanic LISS conducted in the United States.  Miquel and Damaris would later be trained as LISS coordinators and lead other seminars in Hispanic congregations.

This was also the season for launching the publishing and production Aldersgate Resources.  

A book authored by Donna Maddox called Message of the Cameos was published in 2001 as the first Aldersgate Resource.  It was given as a gift to ARM as a way to garner resources for the publishing of other books and resources.  

Number 2 was a Spanish translation of the Life in the Spirit Seminar (LISS) for use at a mission trip to Paraguay.

Stones of Remembrance was number 3.  

Aldersgate Renewal Ministries: History and Impact - Page 20

Copyright © 2005, Gary L. Moore and Aldersgate Renewal Ministries.  All rights reserved.

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